Posts Tagged ‘safety’

Center for Auto Safety expands call for unintended acceleration probe to Mazda Tribute

Published by Mazda Blogs on July 19th, 2012

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2002 Mazda Tribute - silver - front three-quarter view with waterfall

Last week, the Center for Auto Safety called on Ford to recall about 470,000 Escape utility vehicles to fix an “unintended acceleration” problem they say was caused by a previous recall repair program.

Now the CAS wants the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to include 85,000 platform-sharing 2002-2004 Mazda Tribute models that could have the same issue.

CAS says that under the 2005 recall program, the Tributes and Escapes may have suffered damage to cruise control cables that could lead to the vehicles speeding up without driver input. In a statement, Mazda said, “As always, we will cooperate fully with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in any investigation.”

The CAS previously said in the initial recall, Ford had sent dealers modified repair instructions that warned of possible damage to cruise control cables. CAS, however, says Mazda did not change its instructions and that “there is no reason to believe Mazda dealers would be any better at avoiding damage to the cruise control cable than Ford dealers.”

Center for Auto Safety expands call for unintended acceleration probe to Mazda Tribute originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 19 Jul 2012 09:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Ram pickup leads group of Most Dangerous Cars In America

Published by Mazda Blogs on May 30th, 2012

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2011 Ram

Take a vehicle’s Insurance Institute for Highway Safety score, throw it into a data pot that includes Consumer Reports ratings, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash safety results and J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study numbers, mix thoroughly, then pour out the most dangerous vehicle on the road today: The Ram pickup truck.

The website 24/7 Wall St. created this analysis to reveal the models with consistent quality problems and poor safety scores. All of the vehicles scored poorly in one area or another in crash testing, typically side or rear impact tests. They all scored badly in rollover testing, except the Jeep Wrangler.

In order, the best of the worst are:

1. Dodge Ram
2. Chevrolet Colorado Super Cab
3. Mazda CX-7
4. Mazda CX-9
5. Nissan Pathfinder
6. Jeep Wrangler
7. Suzuki SX4

And while the data may speak volumes, it doesn’t translate into poor sales, 24/7 Wall St. noted. “In fact, sales of all models are up from last year,” the site stated.

24/7 Wall St. did not reveal the safest vehicles on the road today using the same data, but all it has to do is turn its list upside down.

Ram pickup leads group of Most Dangerous Cars In America originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 30 May 2012 14:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2013 Mazda CX-5 latest to get IIHS Top Safety Pick laurels [w/video]

Published by Mazda Blogs on March 22nd, 2012

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IIHS 2013 Mazda CX-5 crash test

Mazda’s new compact crossover is coming out of the gate strong, with the 2013 CX-5 garnering generally good reviews that include praise for its fuel economy and best-in-class handling. Now, Mazda can tout a Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, as well. The CX-5 snagged “Good” ratings across the board, including front, side, rollover and rear crash tests.

The CX-5 joins its stablemate, the Mazda3, on the 2012 Top Safety Pick list, which is growing rapidly. Just in the small SUV class that the CX-5 is categorized in, eight models are now listed, including the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Patriot (with optional side torso airbags), Kia Sportage, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, Subaru Forester and Volkswagen Tiguan.

Click past the jump to read the full press release from Mazda, as well as watch the CX-5’s IIHS crash test video.

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2013 Mazda CX-5 latest to get IIHS Top Safety Pick laurels [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 21 Mar 2012 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda recalls over 52,000 Tribute crossovers, warns owners to park outside

Published by Mazda Blogs on January 29th, 2012

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2002 Mazda Tribute front three-quarter view

Mazda is recalling has issued a recall of the 2001- and 2002-model-year Mazda Tribute crossover for a possible brake fluid leak. It’s been found that fluid leaking from the reservoir cap on the master cylinder might come into contact with the ABS wiring harness connector, leading to potential corrosion and/or fire.

We’ve been waiting on this action for the better part of a month, as its mechanical twin, the Ford Escape, was the subject of a similar NHTSA recall announced on January 11. The Blue Oval recall covered some 244,000 units for the same problem.

There are 52,390 Tributes affected in total, and Mazda is taking the unusual step of advising that if you have one, you should park it outside until a dealer has made the necessary repairs. You can find a release from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on the matter after the jump.

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Mazda recalls over 52,000 Tribute crossovers, warns owners to park outside originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 28 Jan 2012 18:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda CX-9 being investigated for brake fluid leak

Published by admin on August 23rd, 2011

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Mazda CX-9

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation (read: not a recall) into the braking effectiveness of 2008 Mazda CX-9 crossovers. The reason? NHTSA received data from Mazda indicating a “high number” of warranty claims and reports related to the vehicle’s braking system.

The NHTSA probe will examine reports that leaking brake fluid could degrade braking effectiveness of approximately 37,000 Mazda CX-9s. NHTSA says no injuries or accidents have been reported in connection with the CX-9’s braking system, but the Agency has released this statement: “When brake fluid leaks into the vacuum booster the driver can experience reduced brake effectiveness which can result in extended stopping distance.”

This preliminary investigation by NHTSA is the first step in a process that could lead to a recall if regulators determine the safety-related issue needs to be addressed by the automaker.

Mazda CX-9 being investigated for brake fluid leak originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 15 Aug 2011 14:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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